Sarbat Khalsa 2016 planned for Dec. 8

Politics, Panthic, Breaking News | November 21, 2016

The interim Sikh leadership, appointed by Sarbat Khalsa 2015 a year ago, will not be asking for permission from the Punjab government to hold the next Sarbat Khalsa scheduled for Dec. 8, said Baljit Singh, interim jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib, to the Tribune India newspaper a couple of days ago...

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U.S. Sikhs face spike in hate as Indian Sikhs face spike in civil rights violations

U.S., Politics, Panthic, Breaking News | November 15, 2016

While Sikhs in the U.S. are bracing for waves of hate incidents unleashed by President-Elect Donald Trump's vitriol campaign, Sikhs in India are facing the outright violation of their civil rights by the Punjab government...

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Ghazala and Khizr Khan with U.S. Army Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi backstage at the Democratic National Convention. Khizr Khan spoke on the final night of the convention about his son, Humayun, who was killed in 2004 saving the lives of his fellow soldiers in Iraq. He then took aim at the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, for his anti-Muslim rhetoric: “Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetary? Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending United States of America. You’ll see all faiths, genders

A look back: Sikh sightings at the national conventions

U.S., Politics | October 04, 2016

Reporting from Washington - While several turbaned Sikhs were seen participating in the Democratic National Convention during prime time, none were seen at the Republican National Convention.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a formal state apology for the Komagata Maru incident of 1914.

Canada's sincere apology for the Komagata Maru

Politics, Historic | July 06, 2016

Canada’s apology for the Komagata Maru incident of 1914, which embodied its civil rights violations against Sikh immigrants, may be the most sincere apology made by a government.

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Left: Councilman Ravinder Singh Bhalla at the Hoboken Day Parade. Right: Arish Singh responds to Donald Trump's innuendo about his red turban during an Iowa campaign rally.

Sikh councilman and Sikh comedian stand up to Trump’s hate mongering

Politics | June 06, 2016

In perhaps the most bizarre presidential campaign in recent history, in which one of the candidates has managed to offend every minority group, two Sikhs are turning incidents of hate speech into conversations on embracing the changing face of America.

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Sikh rights group to protest Modi on Capitol Hill

Politics, Breaking News | June 06, 2016

New York-based human rights group Sikhs for Justice is planning to protest, on Capitol Hill, India's attrocities against Sikhs and ask for a referrendum for an independent Sikh homeland in 2020 as Narendra Modi, who was banned from the U.S. from 2005 until he became India's prime minister in 2014, addresses a joint session of the Congress this Wednesday, June 8.

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Aam Aadmi Party campaigns in Washington

Politics, Breaking News | May 02, 2016

Sukhpal Singh Khaira, spokesman for India's Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab, stopped in Washington on Saturday to urge the diaspora to connect with friends and family back home and ask them to vote for AAP in the 2017 elections. He also urged non-resident Indians to cast their ballots, which will be available online. Sukhpal Singh in on an 18-city campaign tour of the United States. Full story upcoming this week.

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Sikh soldiers, then and now, wearing gas masks and full body masks.

U.S. Army may accept Sikh combat soldier

Politics, Historic | March 30, 2016

The U.S. Army may soon grant Capt. Simratpal Singh a religious accommodation to serve as a combat soldier, but it may not single him out and subject him to specialized testing involving his articles of faith - unshorn hair and beard, and turban – and use those results to make its final decision. Update: Accommodation was granted on March 31.

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The US Army cannot subject its Sikh soldier to discriminatory testing

Politics, Breaking News | March 07, 2016

A U.S. district court judge told Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on March 3 that the Army cannot single out and subject Captain Simratpal Singh to any non-standard or discriminatory testing of his helmet and gas mask to determine whether to grant him a religious accommodation...

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34 U.S. Congress members tell Modi to stop violence against Sikhs

Politics, Historic, Breaking News | February 29, 2016

Eight senators and twenty-six members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a signed letter last week to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to respond to their grave concerns over the increasing intolerance and violence experienced by India’s Sikhs, including the killing of two Sikhs and the injuring of scrores of others who were protesting peacefully against the discretion of Guru Granth Sahib in Punjab, on Oct. 14...

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Arashdeep Singh is escorted out of a Trump rally for holding up a banner, "Stop Hate."

Sikh man trumps Trump

Politics, Breaking News | January 25, 2016

Arashdeep Singh and another man challenged Republican candidate Donald Trump's bigotry-filled campaign yesterday by holding up a banner at his Iowa rally that read, "Stop Hate"...

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Punjab Bundh Monday

Politics, Panthic, Breaking News | November 22, 2015

Interim Akal Takhat Jathedaar Dhian Singh Mand has called for a Bundh, or statewide shutdown, on Nov. 23, as another peaceful protest against the corrupt and abusive polices of the administration of Chief Minister Parkash Badal, a confidential source close to the organizers told Sikh Free Press...

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Punjab shutting down India's access to Sikh websites

Politics, Panthic, Breaking News | November 19, 2015

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, director of the counter intelligence wing of the Punjab Police, is stereotyping diaspora Sikhs as "radicals," and accusing the foreign Sikh media of publishing "seditious" and "provocative" content, such as photos of police atrocities since 1984...

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Sikh Youth protest in Washington against India's human rights violation of detaining political prisoners past their sentence terms. The issue was brought to light by Gurbaksh Singh who was on a hunger strike to raise awareness. When he passed away, Surat Singh continued with the hunger strike. He is respectfully known as "Bapu," meaning "father."

Sikh Youth Raise Awareness of India’s Violation of Prisoners' Rights

Punjab Police again forcibly force-feeds Surat Singh

Politics | July 26, 2015

A Sikh girl and her friends helped raise awareness in Washington of India’s civil rights violation of indefinitely detaining prisoners past their sentence terms.

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Left: Sikhs standing outside the California State Assembly hall in Sacramento, on April 16. Legislators passed a resolution recognizing the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms and India’s role in orchestrating the massacre. Right: Panelists at the House of Representatives’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, on Sept. 30, 2014, brought attention to India’s 30 years of impunity and also called for its accountability. From left to right: Sukhman Singh Dhami, Ensaaf; Manoj Mitta, author; Manmeet Singh and Har

California and the US recognize 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms

Politics | April 29, 2015

The California State Assembly, this month, and the U.S. House of Representatives’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, last September, recognized the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms, the role of the Indian government and law enforcement officials in orchestrating the massacre, and the need for their accountability.

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The backdrop to the eyewitness's account is archival video footage from the first week of June 1984. One of the clips shows a rare interview with Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale just after the first strike by the Indian army. Other clips show conditions inside the complex.

An eyewitness to Blue Star

Politics, Historic | June 16, 2014

On the 30th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, an eyewitness has emerged to tell his vivid account of the first six days of June 1984 when the Indian army closed off the Darbar Sahib and massacred about 8,000 innocent pilgrims inside the complex.

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Sikh Americans, Manmeet Singh and Harpreet Kaur, campaigned for Harvinder Singh Phoolka in Ludhiana.

Sikh Americans campaigned for Aam Aadmi Party

Aam Aadmi wins in Punjab

Politics | June 09, 2014

In the largest democratic election in history, some Sikh Americans campaigned in Punjab for Harvinder Singh Phoolka, a stalwart advocate for the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom victims.

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According to the secret “Ghadr Directory” published by the British Indian government in 1917, and in 1934, the Gadar Party had 616 members: 527 were Sikhs, 54 were Hindus and 35 were Muslims.

Smithsonian alters Gadar history

ਜਉ ਤਉ ਪੇ੍ਮ ਖੇਲਣ ਕਾ ਚਾਉ, ਸਿਰ ਧਰਿ ਤਲੀ ਗਲੀ ਮੇਰੀ ਅਾਉ

Politics, Historic | May 16, 2014

Reporting from Washington – One hundred years ago, when shiploads of immigrants were landing on the West Coast of the United States, thousands of Sikhs were suddenly leaving their livelihoods in America and sailing back to their homeland to launch an armed revolution against the British Raj.

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The American newspaper, Bellingham, Washington, Sept. 5, 1907: "This is the type of man driven from this city as the result of last night's demonstration by a mob of 500 men and boys."

Smithsonian distorts Sikh American history

in Indian American exhibition

Politics, Historic | April 08, 2014

Reporting from Washington – The Smithsonian Institution has distorted Sikh history in the United States in its new Indian American exhibition.

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The Smithsonian will not remove this offensive image of two men without Kesh tying a turban, representing Sikhism.

Smithsonian mischaracterizes Sikh identity

in Indian American exhibition

Politics, Historic | March 18, 2014

Reporting from Washington – The Smithsonian Institution has willfully mischaracterized the Sikh identity in its new exhibition on Indian Americans.

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Left: US Army Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, Right: A US Army Special Forces (Green Beret) soldier, in Afghanistan.

American Sikh soldiers need beard exemptions, US special forces do not

The A-Team has beards?

Politics | February 21, 2014

Reporting from Washington - The U. S. military allows its special forces to grow full beards while serving under the most extreme battle conditions, but requires Sikh soldiers to apply for religious accommodations for their beards, even with revisions made last month to its exemptions policy for religious practices.

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Charlottesville Sikh mayor, Satyendra Singh Huja, welcomed French President Francois Hollande and President Barack Obama to Virginia as they embarked on a tour of Thomas Jefferson's estate. France has banned turbans from government-related services, including schools and official photographs. The United Nations has declared France's policy a violation of religious freedom.

Sikh mayor welcomes French president

France French mayor

Politics | February 11, 2014

In an ironic meeting yesterday, Francois Hollande, president of France, where turbans are banned from government-related services such as schools and official pictures, was welcomed to Virginia by the turbaned mayor of Charlottesville, Satyendra Singh Huja.

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The UK report shows UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher supported Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's plan to eradicate a small percentage of Sikh dissidents using a warlike operation from a historic shrine beloved by all Sikhs.

Report affirms Thatcher and Gandhi colluded on Operation Blue Star

Sikhs ask for full disclosure on 1984 and beyond

Politics, Historic | February 06, 2014

The results, released yesterday, of the UK government’s investigation into its involvement in the 1984 Operation Blue Star confirm that, at Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s request for advice, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did send to Delhi a Special Air Services military officer, who recommended a paramilitary attack at Darbar Sahib using helicopters.

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Ravneet (Ravi) Singh, founder of ElectionMall, is accused of campaign finance fraud.

Ravi Singh charged with election fraud

Politics | January 30, 2014

Ravneet Singh, founder of ElectionMall, an Internet-based campaign-services company, was arrested on Jan. 17 by FBI agents for allegedly facilitating nearly $300,000 in illegal foreign contributions to two candidates in San Diego’s 2012 mayoral race.

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Norman Kreisman, of California, was known as Baba Nam Singh Khalsa when he was living at the Guru Nanak Niwas with Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, from 1982 to 1984.

The American who lived with Bhindranwale

Politics, Historic | January 17, 2014

Baba Nam Singh Khalsa was living on the top floor of Guru Nanak Niwas at the Darbar Sahib complex when Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale moved in with nearly 30 of his men.

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